Lebanon gas leak forces evacuations of 30-40 residents

Lebanon gas leak forces evacuations of 30-40 residents

, jeremylong@ldnews.com | Published 4:24 p.m. ET Sept. 22, 2017

A gas leak reported on 917 Oak Lane in Lebanon forced the brief evacuation of 30 to 40 residents from 20 homes in the single-family-home neighborhood.

“A contractor was putting in fence posts, failed to call 811 before they dug and struck a gas line and it ruptured,” Rural Security Fire Chief Allen Firestine said. “It could have been worse but thankfully it was minor and isolated to that area.”

People are supposed to call 811 before they dig so “each affected utility company will send a locator to mark the approximate location of your underground utility lines,” according to the 811 website.

The incident was first reported about at about 3:12 p.m. Friday.

This is the second gas leak that has forced residential evacuations in Lebanon County this week. On Tuesday, about 80 residents were evacuated for about two hours from a North Cornwall Township neighborhood due to a leak.

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